Back of the road a ways
Brighten the Corner Where You Are, Carol Bruneau. Vagrant Press, 2020.
Sometimes a gifted writer can convey a character by getting an absolute sense of that character’s voice. It is a peculiar kind of ventriloquism, some kind of almost hypnotic union, and when it works it is absolutely brilliant, as it is in Brighten the Corner Where You Are, by Carol Bruneau.
Asking the Impossible
Any God Will Do, Virginia Konchan. Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2020.
While reading Halifax-based poet Virginia Konchan’s second collection, I experienced my capacity for feeling — in the broadest, most contradictory sense — expand. In fact, Any God Will Do seems to me essentially about excess (of feeling, of stimulus, of being) and about the idea of divinity as an overwhelming localization of the too-much.
Ann DeVilbiss has had work in BOAAT Journal, Gertrude, The Maine Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and elsewhere, with work forthcoming in PANK Magazine. Her chapbook, When the Wolves Stay Quiet, is available from dancing girl press, and she lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky. Find more of her at anndevilbiss.com. Don't forget to look for Ann's poem Gut Feeling in the upcoming Autumn issue of The Fiddlehead!
Jane Shi is a queer Chinese settler living on the unceded, traditional, and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Her poetry appears in Room, Canthius, SAD Mag, and PRISM International, among others. Her poetry will be published in the upcoming autumn issue 289 of The Fiddlehead. Find her on social media @pipagaopoetry.
Jonathan D. Meyer is a writer from Texas. He received an MFA from the University of Houston and was the recipient of an Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize. His work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Into the Void, and elsewhere. His story Meat Off The Bone is featured in the new Summer Fiction issue of The Fiddlehead. He currently works at Rice University. Find him online: @exjonrad.
Miriam Vaswani is a writer, content designer and PR based in Scotland. Her work has appeared in Gutter, untethered, Scottish PEN, The Stockholm Review and Tin House. She has lived in Russia, Germany and Tunisia, and grew up in Canada on the traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq people. Her story Dark Colours of Nature was featured in the new Summer Fiction issue of The Fiddlehead. @miriamvaswani